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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Sociology of Sport

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

 

Final award MSc
Programme title Sociology of Sport
Programme code PSPT49
Length of programme
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/departments/sport/sociologyofsport/

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 15 Aug 2013 07:38:36 BST

1. Programme Aims

Aims:

  • To develop an understanding of theory, research and practice in sociology of sport
  • To integrate and translate theory and research into practice as ‘practitioners’ in various branches of the sports industry
  • To prepare students who are intending to pursue a PhD in sociology of sport

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

Subject benchmarks for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Group;

Learned Society's Standards e.g.  British Sociological Association

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  • understand key theories of sport, culture and society (SKU; CS)
  • summarise and evaluate the evidence concerned with the proposed links between sport, the body and well-being (SKU; CS)
  • understand sociological theories of the body and deviance and critically appraise alternative models of sport and sports science (SKU; CS)
  • understand varied approaches to the study of sport and globalisation (SKU; CS)
  • understand the enabling and constraining dimensions of sport cultures and relate these to questions of eg., globalisation, equity, health and the body
  • critically evaluate the sociological research evidence regarding sport policy and global governance (SKU; CS; SSPSS)
  • draw on a broad knowledge base of sociological methods, strategies and techniques in order to conduct theoretically informed empirical research into sport, culture and society (SKU; CS; SSPSS)

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Apply key theoretical principles to sport, physical education and exercise
  • Conduct research into the relationship between sport, culture and society
  • Apply appropriate theory and evidence within their work informing sport policy and practice
  • Critically evaluate the sociological research evidence in sport and exercise
  • Critically and reflectively analyse current trends and evidence and its implications for practice
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Apply appropriate theory and evidence within their work informing sport policy and practice
  • Critically and reflectively analyse current trends and evidence and its implications for practice
  • Identify areas of practice that could benefit from small-scale research; design, conduct and evaluate an appropriate investigation.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • · Communicate effectively orally, electronically and in writing
  • · Manage personal learning efficiently and effectively
  • · Use IT effectively as a learning and communication tool
  • · Develop and utilise qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • · Work confidently both as an individual and as part of a small team
  • · Work independently and use available support strategically and effectively.
  • · Present research concepts and evidence using effective communication methods 

4. Programme structure

In the following table, ‘C’ indicates a compulsory module and ‘O’ indicates an optional module

 

Code

Module title

Modular weight

Semester

Module

PSP001

Research Methodologies and Methods

15

1

C

PSP501

Theory, Sport and Society

30

1

C

PSP503

Sport, The Body and Society

30

1

C

PSP002

Quantitative Research

15

2

O1

PSP003

Qualitative Research

15

2

O1

PSP502

Sport, Globalisation and Development

30

2

C

PSP500*

Project (MSc Sociology of Sport)

60

2

C

 

1Candidates must select either PSP002 or PSP003

 

*Candidates undertaking a Project need formal approval of a research proposal by the Programme Director and an agreed Supervisor.  It is expected that candidates registered for PSP500 will be nearing completion of 120 credits before embarking on their research.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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